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Letter: Would any historical figure measure up to today’s standards?

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Deseret News

The recent attacks, both literal and figurative, on iconic Americans ranging from founders George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to Confederate generals like Robert E. Lee make one wonder if any historical figure can measure up to standards set by today’s angry and self-appointed guardians of morality. While all men are flawed and imperfect, our nation has been blessed with the advent of veritable moral giants. Need they be maligned and their monuments toppled because of words or deeds that don’t conform with the sensibilities of the 21st century?

Suppose our roles were reversed and citizens of the 18th and 19th century were given license to judge us, the enlightened ones of modern America. What offenses and sins of ours would they find abhorrent? We could name many, but let’s keep the list short: a) a society in which nearly half the children are born out of wedlock; b) a nation that practices and condones widespread abortion on demand; c) a government that spends money profligately even in times of plenty, leaving massive debt for generations unborn; d) a people obsessed with hedonism and materialism.

The greatest of historical figures dispensed sage words that apply to all generations of mankind, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone …”

Steve Fillerup

Elk Ridge, Utah County